In a move that puts them in the running for the George Orwell censorship awards, Facebook has again temporarily banned LA-based artist Micol Hebron. As we previously reported, Hebron recently received a three-day suspension from the social networking site for violating their community standards regarding nudity, specifically female breasts. Hebron has been a vocal critic of gendered double standards online, creating the Internet Acceptable Male Nipple Template last year, an image of a male nipple which can be pasted over female nipples to make them internet “safe.”
Her three-day ban ended last Monday, and Glasstire published our piece about her three days later. She posted a link to the story on her Facebook page (now unavailable) and, by Sunday morning, it was taken down with the above message. Hebron received another message informing her of the week-long ban and asking her to prove her identity by sending in a picture of her ID card.
When we posted a link to the article on our Facebook page, the image that automatically accompanied the post was a photo of artist Nona Faustine posing nude, which is perhaps why it was taken down. It should be noted however that Hebron likely did not choose this image to accompany the post, it was automatically selected by Facebook. Even if the accompanying image does violate their guidelines, the irony of being banned for posting an article about censorship is hard to miss. Representatives from Facebook had not returned requests for comment by press time.